Allergic reactions are frightening at any age but for parents caring for a child with allergies, the sense of a lack of control significantly increases their fear and worry. The article “Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions in Children”, featured in The New York Times’ April 2018 edition, highlighted some important concerns and facts about allergic reactions in children.
You may have noticed worsening of your allergy symptoms during the nighttime hours. Does your nose start to run? Do you feel congested or have a lot of post nasal drip? Do you find yourself sneezing, coughing, itching, or snoring while sleeping? If nighttime allergy symptoms are preventing you from sleeping well, you’re not the only one! At least 50% of allergy sufferers report their symptoms affect their ability to sleep. We know that sleep deprivation affects our cognitive function, our immune system, and even our blood pressure.
Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin” because our bodies can make it when our skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays from sunlight. Vitamin D deficiency is common worldwide, particularly in places where there is less exposure to sunlight. If you have asthma, seasonal allergies, eczema, a food allergy and/or a condition called eosinophilic esophagitis, your allergist may ask whether you have had your vitamin D level checked. This may come as a surprise but studies have shown that vitamin D deficiency and allergy are linked.
Advanced Specialty Care will be augmenting its allergy and asthma specialty care with the addition of Dr. Neetu Godhwani. Godhwani recently completed her Fellowship at Louisiana State University Health Science Center in Shreveport. She will be practicing out of the Norwalk, Danbury and New Milford offices.